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CBS Foolishly Blows Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson Cover

Even the most inept April Fool’s prankster knows that broadcasting your plans weeks ahead of the big day is a sure-fire way to dilute the Tom-foolery.

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So then… Why would CBS package a video teaser and blast out a March 18 press release that takes 95% of the Showcase surprise out of next week’s daytime/late night swap? Maybe they feared that their older-skewing median viewers would teeter into health-risk territory without proper warning that Craig Ferguson‘s Tuesday, April 1 hosting of The Price is Right is not a permanent new deal. From the release:

Ferguson will be just the fourth person ever to host the game show for the network (in addition to Drew Carey, Bob Barker and Dennis James). Ferguson’s robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, and pantomime horse, Secretariat, will join him as the gorgeous models.

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Conan Discusses His Options

The best part about the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien drama over at NBC is the great comedy that every late night host is getting out of the situation. Conan is getting particularly ballsy.

During his monologue last night, O’Brien went through a list of his “options” now that it seems like a foregone conclusion that Leno is moving back to 11:35 p.m. Among O’Brien’s options? “Star in a Lifetime original movie about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with her network” and “leave television altogether, and work in a classier business with better people, like hardcore porn.” Ouch.

The controversy has such good comedic value, even the late night hosts on other networks are getting in to the fray. Last night, David Letterman spent a few minutes offering “advice” to NBC, the featured a Top Ten list: “Top Ten Signs There’s Trouble At NBC.”

More video after the jump.

Previously: NBC Officially Plans To Move Leno From Primetime

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Craig Ferguson Takes on Leno and O’Brien Rumors

Craig Ferguson, “It’s like in the game of football when the other guy comes to tackle you and he kind of trips.”

Previously on FBLA: Breaking on TMZ: Leno is Going Back to 11:30

Lunch: Andre Leon Talley Stops By — and Hugh Jackman is Coming Tonight!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Our invitation to tonight’s party for Joel Grey hosted by Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborah Lee Furness, must have gotten lost in the mail. Oh well. The dining room was jam-packed with the Wednesday regulars in action, so there was plenty to keep us entertained. I was also happy to catch up with some pals I hadn’t seen in a while. When my friend Andre Leon Talley swept through the door resplendent in a rose-hued Prada coat and “raspberry velvet” custom-made Manolo Blahnik sandals, I was thrilled that he had time for a chat before joining George Malkemus for lunch.

I just had to ask him what he thought about Morley Safer‘s segment on Anna Wintour that aired on 60 Minutes a few weeks back. “I was really impressed with their research,” said Andre, who reported that the show spent weeks at Vogue‘s offices and trekked to Europe for the collections to cover Anna in action and get many of fashion’s most famous faces to weigh in on her decades-long reign at the style bible. We both agreed that Morley sounded a wee bit contemptuous of the players and the game. The newsman’s occasional barbs thrown into the piece — including an observation that Karl Lagerfeld dressed like Count Dracula (“He’s had that look for eight years!”) and that all Vogue‘s young staffers have to be skinny — were “a bit dismissive,” said Andre. (I did love when Anna said that on a recent trip to Minnesota she found most of the folks resembled “little houses.”) Andre reports Anna was “thrilled” with the piece. “It’s 60 Minutes — she was on the same show as Secretary Gates. It was fabulous,” proclaimed Andre.

Today, he was taking a break between the resort presentations that designers were hosting around town in their showrooms this week. “The resort shows are fabulous,” he reports. “It’s become a much more interesting season where people are really doing some fabulous things.” Among the highlights so far: Diane von Furstenberg‘s “Going to Rio”-inspired collection with everything a girl needs all packed into one bag (“It’s her best collection in three years”), Zac Posen‘s ruched silk lame jeans and “major” shoes — especially the sexy lace d’Orsay numbers. Andre also gave high marks to Michael Kors‘ batik prints. “There are a lot of great clothes and great items that women will want to buy.” Music to a lot of retailers’ ears, no doubt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Conde Nast’s Lou Cona and the dashing Daniel Lalonde, president and CEO of Louis Vuitton, presiding over a table full of movers and shakers.

2. Peter Brown

3. Judith Verno

4. Stephen Swid and a blonde gal we didn’t recognize

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Betty White is Going Black

We found this on Twitter. Oh yes, we haven’t read a book since we’ve found Twitter. And oh yes, we’re getting dumber by the minute.

Anyway, this is Betty White on Craig Ferguson‘s show. Sorry to post all these videos today…couldn’t resist this one. It makes us proud to be Angelenos.

McCain Ditches Letterman, Gets Caught Next Door With Couric

John McCain was supposed to be a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. McCain called up Letterman personally and canceled his appearance, saying that he had to run to Washington to fix the economy. Of course, he was caught next door doing an ‘exclusive’ interview with Katie Couric. Basically, still in New York…not in Washington fixing things.

Woops.

Then Craig Ferguson (flutter) also took on the issue.

Study on Late-Night Humor Omits Some Comedians

jimmy_kimmel.jpgCenter for Media and Public Affairs did a study on late-night political jokes.

LAT’s Top of the Ticket Reports:

The study covered all jokes between Jan. 1 and July 31 in late-night monologues by Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Apparently, Jimmy Kimmel was not deemed funny enough to be included, which should give his writers some ammo for their show.

Not funny? Hmf. Kimmel’s show is like a big budget public access show. It has its moments. Whatever. The ‘study’ didn’t include Craig Ferguson or Bill Maher. Which makes it not really a study of late night political humor. It makes it a study of Leno.

CBS Plays the Game–Orders Game Show Pilots

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CBS has more game show pilots than anyone, anywhere with five in the pipeline:

Life as a Song: Wannabes perform an important event in their lives (marriage, birth, shopping) as a musical. Life is a Cabaret.

The Wizard: Hosted by Craig Ferguson,game show uses improv and scripted comedy routines.

Game Show in My Head: SNL’s Chris Kattan hosts game show with hidden cameras. Ashton Kutcher responsible.

Power of 10: Contestants guess the results of nationwide surveys. Hosted by
Drew Carey.

Do You Trust Me?: Tucker Carlson (yes, that Tucker Carlson) hosts. Players bet on how much they trust each other as they develop relationships through gameplay and learn details via Carlson’s interviews.

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John Griffiths Talks Recovery In Pop Culture with Ted Casablanca

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John Griffiths, television critic for Us Weekly, is also the host of The Hollywood Pitch on CRNTalk. He has a great show set for tonight from 7-9 p.m. (PST). From the release:

Principles before Superstardom?

Screenwriter Bennett Yellin (Dumb and Dumber) discuss the media’s reporting of the rising spate of celebrities with high-profile drug and alcohol problems, from Mel Gibson to Lindsay Lohan. Is it informed or just salacious? Also, a rising number of personalities are “coming out” as sober (think talk show hosts Greg Behrendt, Glenn Beck and Craig Ferguson. Is the information age changing the way the recovery community looks at anonymity? Guest: E! Entertainment personality Ted Casablanca.

Yes, that’s right–the king of the blind item, Ted Casablanca. FBLA will be tuning in, and probably drunk dialing, er, calling in, as well. 866-587-5872